Category Archives: Tango

Six-point-three lovely tandas, and my one-year appraisal

one year appraisal

When Fede said my dancing on Sunday was my best yet, he was referring to my posture and technique. Behind this was a single secret he’d been trying to share with me for some considerable time: do one thing at a time.

With a back ocho, for example, lead a side-step first. No more than that. Don’t enter the side-step deciding in advance that it’s going to be a back ocho, as that will lead to me blending the two, compromising my posture in the process …

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Finally losing the cross-system battle, and ‘the best you’ve ever danced’

cross system

Today I lost a long-running battle with Fede … He kept wanting me to use cross-system, arguing that it would open up a whole new world of possibilities. I kept resisting because I felt like it would open up a whole new world of complications.

But as what I wanted was more simple ways to turn, and he said the answer to this was to be found in cross-system, I relented …

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A first venture into the Tango Space intermediate class, with cambio de frente

cambio de frente

I’d always shied well away from the Tango Space intermediate class, having seen the end of the Tuesday class a number of times. It always looked like a complex sequence, well in excess of my step memory.

But several friends told me I’d like the Thursday version with Luis, not because the final sequences were any shorter, but because he has a strong technique focus and breaks down the sequences really clearly – though it turned out Pablo and Amy were teaching tonight as Luis was away …

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A perfectly-timed giro technique workshop

giro workshop

Ok, so I’m doing three lessons this week – two group classes and a private – but the extra group class was a special case. It was on the giro, my main focus at present; it was a technique workshop; and it was run by Olga, who ran the excellent musicality series (1, 2, 3, 4) …

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One perfect lesson, one beyond me, and the best compliment yet

compliment

Having re-added giros to my milonga repertoire, two things have become apparent. One, I was worrying unnecessarily about them. My standard was, in fact, perfectly typical of someone at my level.

Two, that isn’t saying very much …

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Third-time lucky with a vals workshop!

Strauss

I hadn’t had the greatest success with vals workshops in the past, so was hoping that the third time might be the charm.

Fortunately, that turned out to be the case – despite the inclusion of a decidedly intermediate-level sequence. My working theory is it’s because I’ve become Irish, and therefore automatically a better dancer …

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Why the side menu has changed (aka I write too much)

I write too much

Until today, the side menu simply listed all previous posts, most recent at the top. You could just scroll all the way down to the very first post.

But it seems WordPress thinks I write too much …

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